Structuring Study Time
For parents, getting a child to sit down and study is often the most difficult part of the process. Edutopia recommends setting a session-minute goal of one minute per grade level done twice a day. So a sixth-grader would do two six-minute study sessions, while a tenth-grader would do two ten-minute sessions. It may not seem like much, but those two six-minute sessions done over five days add up to an hour of studying, and because the time is short, your student is less likely to be slumped back in their chair and more likely to be actively reviewing materials. Other tips include:
- Determine when the tests will happen.
- Work with your child to figure out how much study time they need for each test.
- Determine what study materials they already have.
Once you’ve set up study time with your child, you both need to figure out what strategies for studying will work best for them. Not every child retains information best by reading it or by asking and answering questions. Edutopia provides 11 other ways to study:
- Word Combining
- Song Lyrics
- Picture Notes
- Picture Walk
- Mnemonic Devices
- Oral Visualization
- Perspective Talk
- Superhero Letter
Check out the full article at Edutopia and download the study strategies sheet to help your child prepare for their exams and build good study habits.